Kevin Ott

Kevin Ott is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience writing for a wide range of publications. He is the author of a non-fiction book released by publishing house BroadStreet Publishing in November 2016, called Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing, which explores common ground between the band U2 and the author C. S. Lewis. Kevin has written articles on many topics with specific expertise in music, guitar, and college.


Kevin earned his B.A. in Music Composition at the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003. He is an expert on the theory, notation, history, orchestration, and composition methods of music. He has composed numerous works, including symphonies, chamber pieces, and solo works for classical guitar. While earning his degree at UC Santa Barbara, he also studied sound engineering under the legendary computer music guru Curtis Roads. In 2012, Kevin recorded and released a full-length electronic pop/rock album Death, Be Not Proud.


With over 23 years of experience, Kevin is a guitar professional. Initially trained as a classical guitarist, he expanded his styles to include jazz, rock, funk, and gospel and has performed professionally in a variety of venues in the United States and internationally. He also plays bass guitar, with professional performance experience in jazz and rock. He has also had touring experience as a professional musician, including a national tour with indie rock band Biblioteca.


With experience in a variety of institutions from public universities to trade schools to private four-year colleges, Kevin has been actively involved in college campus life since 1999. In addition to attending a four-year university as a student, Kevin has worked in college administration for over ten years with an emphasis on financial aid. He is an expert on all matters concerning college financial aid, including scholarships, loans, the FAFSA, and the federal regulation that governs higher education. As a staff member actively engaged in student life, he has volunteered in a wide range of student projects, including photo shoots, films, and academic events. He co-founded a literary society with students and faculty, helped organize campus-wide literary events, and spoke as a guest lecturer on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Visit Kevin on Google+, his blog Stabs of Joy, or entertainment site Rockin' God's House, where he writes regularly about music topics.

Most Recent Contributions by Kevin Ott

Bass Guitar Buying Guide

In the 1950s, your bass guitar options were simple: the Fender Precision bass. Things have gotten far more diverse and complex since then, a ... Read More

Big Band Jazz Music

Big band jazz music, with its powerful blasts of horns, drums and cymbal splashes, and layers of warm woodwinds, provided a bedrock for Amer ... Read More

Custom Pickguards

If you'd like to add some personality to your guitar, getting a custom pickguard is one of the simplest ways to do that. It's similar to add ... Read More

Free Electric Guitar Lessons Online

It's a glorious time to be a student of the electric guitar. Thanks to the internet, free electric guitar lessons have become abundant. The ... Read More

How Do Record Labels Earn From Online Streaming?

The way the music industry calculates revenue from music streaming is notoriously complicated. As author Bobby Owsinksi explains to Hypebot: ... Read More

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